February was an eventful month as always!!! My parents went on a vacation to San Antonio for a week!! While down there by dad got the violent H1N1 (swiiiiiiiine flu)!! I mean leaving the farm for more then 2 days is a LARRRRRRRRRGE step for him, let alone a week in San Antonio! Then come home to find out that now he isn't going to die (as he thought he was going to) he just had the swine flu and was trapped inside for another week! God Bless my mother, I'm sure it wasn't easy for her and God knows it wasn't for him! The man loves his cows and works like he is 25 not 6(insert number here)! Not to worry he has informed my mother they are not going on another vacation!! The farthest south he is going is to come see me! LOL He told her he has only been to Texas twice in his life once before he got shipped over to get his ass shot at in nam, and the second time he comes home with the flu!!
Next was THE Iowa Beef Expo and of course my birthday! Much to my amazement my roomie (Nicole) and boyfriend (Cody) threw me a surprise birthday party at the sports page it was super fun for everyone that came!!! That weekend I spend helping Diane take pictures of all those little juniors that showed up there! For the most part they do such a good job! I consider myself to have a lot of patience, but really some people need to learn you can't make a bad one look good in a picture! If it's bad it is bad, learn from it and move forward!! Whoofta ok got that out!! O yah and there was a little rain and snow in there somewhere too!
March Mr. Over Achiever who hasn't got the memo yet he isn't 27 and can do everything and not listen to the doctors ended up back in the hospital with inflamed pancreas!! He was in there for 2 days and 2 nights!! He couldn't eat anything for those 2 days and was strictly on a iv diet! Bless the nurses the man can eat like an elephant and not gain a pound! I definitely didn't get that trait from him, I look at food and expand!! Also, why we are throwing these things out there thanks for the fat hands to dad reallllllllllllllllly appreciate that! NOT!! He eventually got to eat some food and it had to run its course before they would let him out of the hospital!! The rest of the month has been splendid and him and my bro Brad are calving like mad men now!! Tear* Calving is the best time of the year!! I mean it is like Christmas everyday for a month! Sometimes (insert bulls name here) brings you one a day or 4 or 5 a day!! I luckily received a Monopoly Bull calf out of my ONE AND ONLY cow I have left!! Now lets just hope my dad and brother are pampering it for me daily so it can make me some moola in the fall!!
The picture above is an old picture that brings back memories of the spring of '92! Mystery (the calf) was literally a mystery, one morning my dad went to check cows on the east side of the road and found this calf in a pen down there!! Now my dad being the investigator he is was quite puzzled how this calf ended up in a pen in which he couldn't have gotten into unless someone had put him in there!! He thought he would look anyways and see if there was a cow that had fresh cleanings hanging out of her!! So he searched the herd for an hour and nothing! He threw him in the back of the pickup and took him down to my grandmas! This bottle calf was probably the most spoiled thing you have ever seen!! Old Blue (was not a quiet truck and when Mystery heard it pull in the yard it would literally be so excited! Often when us kids would get off the bus we would go let mystery out and he would just follow us around the yard like a dog!! This day in particular my dad and uncle were planting! So Shane (my cuz), Brad and I decided to get mystery out and play with him before dad came home to do chores!! We were out playing in Grandma's front yard and soon here comes my dad down the road and pulls down to the barn!! As you can see below mystery took off running to him and us three kids trailing him! (Make that 2 of us)